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Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday that it's "a sellers' market— and we’re the sellers, and there are a lot of eager buyers."

Bowlsby's comments come one day after the Big 12 presidents unanimously approved exploring expansion. Speaking of those buyers, Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel wrote that the "leaders in the clubhouse for Big 12 expansion remain BYU, Cincinnati and Connecticut." According to Thamel, the secondary tier being considered includes South Florida, Central Florida, Memphis, Colorado State, Houston, Boise State and Tulane. "Schools like Temple, San Diego State and Northern Illinois don’t really have a chance, but will give it a shot anyway," Thamel wrote. A Big 12 source told Thamel: "They’re going to open it up like an auction. They don’t want it to be like they’re out there soliciting schools."
Jul 20 - 7:03 PM

Oklahoma received a verbal commitment from four-star G Marquis Hayes.

"It just felt like to me that this is a big opportunity and I couldn’t waste this opportunity and let it pass me," Hayes said of his offer from Oklahoma, "so I had to take it while I can." The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder indicated to Rivals that Sooners OL coach Bill Bedenbaugh told him that he has the potential to develop into an "elite offensive guard." Hayes ranks as Rivals' No. 190 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. His work during the spring camp circuit was so impressive that the outlet upgraded him from three to four stars when they released their summer rankings.
Source: Rivals
Jul 20 - 3:33 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield said that redshirt sophomore TE Mark Andrews' numbers "will at least double" in 2016.

Mayfield sees Andrews scavenging a good portion of the production left behind in the wake of Sterling Shepard's jump to the NFL. "Obviously they're different types of bodies," Mayfield said, "but his role will expand and he'll get a lot more catches, a lot more looks." Last season, the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder caught 19 passes for 318 yards and seven touchdowns. He came away with first-team All-Big 12 honors for his body of work. His star quarterback referred to him as "such a mismatch threat."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 1:53 PM

The Big 12 will explore expanding by two or four schools and has instructed commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate universities interested in joining.

It was only a few weeks ago that the conference was emphatically denying an interest in expanding, but we've seen a radical sea change in the past 24 hours. SI's Pete Thamel tweeted that Tuesday's takeaway was that "expansion is likely." The Big 12, currently sitting at 10 teams, has a gamut of suitors dying to get into a Power 5 conference. That list is headlined by Houston, BYU, Boise State and Cincinnati. Other interested parties include Colorado State, Memphis, Central Florida and South Florida. Bowlsby told the media that the Big 12 board "saw the path forward clearly and has taken steps. We need to look at it logistically and put a plan together."
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 6:19 PM

Oklahoma DT Charles Walker didn't record a single negative Pro Football Focus grade in any game last season.

Walker's +26.9 PFF grade ranks third among returning interior defensive linemen. As a pass rusher, he had seven sacks and 22 total pressures on 212 rushes. Pro Football Focus pegs Walker as the No. 46 returning player in college football.
Jul 19 - 4:48 PM

Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops said that he feels redshirt sophomore RB Joe Mixon has served his punishment for assaulting a woman in 2014.

A reporter asked Stoops about Mixon's "existence" as a full-scholarship athlete. The coach did not budge, saying, "You're talking about a situation that occurred three summers ago, I believe, right? And Joe Mixon was [suspended for the 2014 season]. We've already been through all of this. He's met high standards." Mixon was caught on tape punching a woman in the face outside of a restaurant in Norman during the summer of 2014. "In the end," Stoops explained, "we felt, myself along with our administration, that this was the right punishment and he's met all the conditions we put in front of him and he was removed for a full season."
Jul 19 - 4:00 PM

Oklahoma four-star 2017 verbal commit CB Tre Brown ran a 4.41 second 40-yard dash at the Nike Football Ratings Championship.

As with all 2017 verbal commitments, Brown's pledge to the Sooners is non-binding. And as you can imagine, ball-hawking corners with speed to burn like Brown have been voraciously hunted by the nation's coaches this cycle. Arizona State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Oregon are among the schools hoping Brown, the No. 171 overall prospect in the 247Sports' composite rankings, re-opens his process.
Jul 10 - 12:49 PM

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione indicated that there is no timetable for the Big 12 to discuss expansion.

The Big 12 continues its admirable reenactment of Groundhog Day, as once again, talk of expansion has deflated. "There aren't any signs that we'll talk anymore about expansion for a little while. We don't have a timeline on it," Castiglione told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. He went so far as to say, "I don't see any conversation in the near future." The Big 12 did at least clean up a few loose ends this offseason, announcing plans for a conference championship game and adjusting their walk-on transfer policies. The latter move will allow Baker Mayfield to terrorize the conference in 2017.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 7 - 3:07 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dallis Todd will transfer.

Todd appeared in six games last season, logging one catch for nine yards in limited action. He suffered a neck injury this spring which prevented him from making headway on the depth chart. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school and will have to sit out a season, per NCAA transfer regulations, if he opts to remain in the FBS. With the losses of Todd and fellow transfer wideout John Humphrey, the Sooners depth has been thinned this offseason behind lead returning receiver Dede Westbrook.
Jul 5 - 12:19 PM

Oklahoma junior CB Jordan Thomas could be active for the Sooners' season opener against Houston if he complies with the school's offseason standards, according to Jordan Esco.

The report was phrased as Thomas "doing everything asked of him" this summer, a suspension would be withheld. Thomas, a projected starter, faces charges of public intoxication, assault and battery and interference. He previously was arrested in December for failing to appear in court over a traffic violation. Having Thomas on the field against Houston would be a huge bump for the Sooners, as Tom Herman created an offensive juggernaut last season.
Jul 4 - 11:13 AM

Former Baylor freshman CB Parish Cobb signed with Oklahoma.

Cobb was one of five players whom Baylor released from their letters of intent last Friday. Three (OL J.P. Urquidez, OL Patrick Hudson and ATH Donovan Duvernay) subsequently committed to Texas, while RB Kameron Martin pledged to Auburn. Cobb was the last of the five still on the board, but took himself off by signing with the Sooners on Friday. His landing spot shouldn't be considered a surprise -- he had actually been committed to Oklahoma through January before jumping over to Baylor. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Cobb ranked as Rivals' No. 131 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle. The former four-star recruit has the talent to contribute immediately.
Jul 2 - 12:13 PM

Oklahoma junior CB Jordan Thomas faces charges of public intoxication, assault and battery and interference stemming from an early Thursday morning arrest.

This according to the arrest record from the Cleveland County sheriff's office. Further details regarding the exact circumstances are not known at this time. Thomas has had his run-ins with the law before, most recently in a December arrest after he skipped a court date relating to a speeding violation. The 6-foot-1, 183-pounder has also been suspended from the Sooners twice in his career. HC Bob Stoops has yet to comment on this most recent arrest. Last season, Thomas earned All-Big 12 second-team honors after recording 46 tackles and intercepting five passes.
Jun 30 - 1:33 PM

Oklahoma has eight scholarships available.

This number seems quite high. Teams typically have 85 scholarships available, unless they are on a scholarship limit. USA Today's Dan Wolken points out Texas still has four available, even after accepting a few Baylor transfers. Preseason practices will begin in early August for many schools.
Jun 29 - 9:50 AM

Baylor has granted the release of five 2016 signees from their letters of intent.

Each requested their release prior to May 31, and Baylor used their allotted time to review the information. The five include Parrish Cobb, Kameron Martin, Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez and Donovan Duvernay, according to John Werner of the Waco Tribune. Baylor reportedly failed to notify the five players before releasing the information to the public. The other members of the class will join Baylor for the second session of summer classes. The release is a full one, not of the restricted variety.
Jun 24 - 9:16 AM

Pro Football Focus lists Oklahoma redshirt junior QB Baker Mayfield No. 5 in its preseason Heisman rankings.

In leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff, Mayfield posted the third-best PFF QB grade at +49.6. "He played an efficient brand of football, as he had the lowest percentage of negative grades of any quarterback in the nation," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Losing the nation’s top-graded wide receiver, Sterling Shepard, should hurt, but games like Mayfield had against Baylor showed his capabilities as he made a number of big-time throws while going head-to-head with one of the nation’s top offenses." Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and a 36/7 TD/INT ratio with an adjusted completion percentage of 77.2 that ranked No. 4 in the Power-5.
Jun 23 - 6:14 PM


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